The Donner Lake Rim Trail is an in-progress trail project planned to encircle Donner Lake, along peaks and ridgelines, eventually adding up to 23 miles.
Current sections connect Glacier Way in Tahoe Donner to the Castle Valley Trailhead on Donner Summit. It connects to Wendin Way Trail down to Donner Lake Interchange, Summit Lake Trail, Hole in the Ground Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. Ready to hit the trail? Click here for maps, directions and more information.
A new section from the Glacier Way Trailhead to Northwoods Boulevard, about 4 miles long, is expected to be completed in 2019. The route contours the landscape below Skislope Way in Tahoe Donner, passing through mixed conifers, opening up to big views of Donner Peak, and passing by massive granite boulders left behind by glaciers. From here it will be possible to access Donner Summit from Downtown Truckee, all on trails.
THE NEW TRAIL SEGMENT:
After the north segment is complete, the southern stretch along Schallenberger Ridge comes next. Working with California State Parks, the US Forest Service and Placer County, 10 to 12 miles of trail are currently being studied by environmental specialists. This segment of trail will be shared with Placer County's Overland Immigrant Trail, offering even more options to explore.